Origins of an Office Uprising

Rebellions against excessive sitting are nothing new, just ask Donald Rumsfeld.

At least sit up straight.

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To sit or to stand? That is the question for a growing number of office workers, after a flurry of reports suggesting that remaining seated at a desk for long periods may be hazardous to your health, resulting in higher risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and, ultimately, premature death. The alarm is the reason human-resources departments are fielding demands for so-called standing desks, which supposedly make nine-to-five paper-pushing a bit less dangerous.

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